12 Thoughtful Gifts For the Cooks In Your Life

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Let's face it, we all know (and love) someone who loves to cook. And with gift season quickly approaching, what better way to choose thoughtful gifts for all the cooking fanatics in your life than using their favorite pastime for a little inspiration? 

Whether you’re shopping for the chef always whipping up a new recipe, a co-worker who brings all their latest baking creations to share with the office, or your favorite dinner party hostess, we’ve got you covered.

From stylish to techy to eco-friendly, here are the best gifts for all the cooks on your shopping list.

Material The reBoard

Cutting boards are that one kitchen staple you can really never have enough of. They're good for both small and large kitchen tasks, which is why they make a great gift for your fellow cook.

The reBoard from Material is made from recycled plastic and sugarcane, and it's lightweight, durable, dishwasher safe, for easy cleanup. It also comes in four nature-inspired hues to match with any kitchen decor. An added bonus? It can double as a chic serving platter for charcuterie and cheese boards when you entertain guests. 

MagicLinen Japanese Cross-Back Linen Apron

Any chef knows a good apron is a crucial accessory for protecting your clothes from getting stained. So why not surprise the chef in your life with this stylish yet practical apron from MagicLinen. Its string-free design makes it easy to throw on in a hurry, while the criss-cross straps are a chic added touch.

The 100 percent linen flax material helps them stay comfy while they're hard at work, and the two convenient front pockets are perfect for holding their device while they cook. It's also chemical-free, machine washable, and it comes in a variety of different colors and patterns, making it easy to choose one to fit your pal's style.

Five Two Wooden Spoons

Exclusive to Food52, this adorable collection of wooden spoons are the perfect complement to your at-home chef's kitchen. Featuring a rustic aesthetic, they're made from teak wood which is naturally non-toxic, water-resistant, and durable.

Choose from five pieces, including a mixing spoon, a double-ended spoon that's perfect for sampling, and two flat-edged scraping and flipping spoons. Each piece is ergonomically designed for comfort with extra-long handles for plenty of reach. Whether you tuck one or two of these spoons into a gift basket or give the full set, they’ll be a practical and beautiful addition to anyone’s utensil drawer.

Caraway Cookware Set

It's no secret there's a lot of cookware out there. But few blend style, functionality, and good looks as seamlessly as this set from Caraway. Made from an aluminum core with a ceramic nonstick coating, these pans are free from toxic chemicals and metals found in traditional nonstick coatings.

The set includes a saute pan, saucepan, Dutch oven, and fry pan that are oven safe, and work on all range styles. Magnetic racks allow you to store the pans on their side so you don’t have to stack–and potentially scratch–pots and pans anymore. They even come with their own space-saving storage system, and there’s a hanging lid organizer that fits on the inside of a cabinet door. Need we say more?

Available in five earth-toned color choices: warm cream, cool grey, sleek navy, vibrant sage, and a pink-hued terracotta. Each piece in this collection is also available to purchase separately, so you can create your own bundle that fits your budget.

Clarkson Potter Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ina Garten has a way of turning simple, everyday dishes into something special and seriously cravable. In her newest cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, familiar favorites are elevated with modern twists. Think grilled cheese and tomato soup, breakfast sandwiches, roasted chicken and potatoes, and, of course, plenty of desserts to satisfy.

Williams Sonoma Brotform Proofing Basket

Searching for a gift for someone who has recently jumped on the DIY sourdough bread train? Luckily, they’ll appreciate this bread proofing basket, also known as a brotform in Germany. Instead of proofing bread dough in a plain old mixing bowl, this basket made from coiled cane that leaves an indented, spiral pattern on the dough. Stick it in the oven to bake, and behold, freshly bread baked with a rustic, patterned finish just like you’d find at your favorite artisanal bakery.

Rock Point Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion

Cooks who take food presentation seriously will clear a place on their coffee table for this lovely book. It’s chock full of ideas for snack boards, charcuterie boards, and even build-your-own meal spreads for everyday, holidays, and special occasions. These food boards dreamed up by food blogger Maegan Brown of The BakerMama, are essentially works of art. You’d be hard-pressed to not feel inspired to put together an Insta-worthy food board after flipping through the stunning photographs in this book.

Crate & Barrel Red Cast Iron Fondue Set

A fondue set makes the perfect centerpiece for hosting cozy and fun dinner parties. They’re nostalgic, retro, and an awesome gift for any cook who is a cheese and chocolate aficionado. Aside from the classics like ooey-gooey cheese and melted chocolate, a fondue pot can also be filled with broth or oil to cook meat, seafood, and vegetables tableside.

This set includes a cheerful red enameled cast iron fondue pot that heats up quickly, and keeps the contents warm for the right dipping consistency every time. The set also includes a cast iron stand to protect the tabletop, a burner dish, and eight color-coded fondue forks.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven

There are two kinds of cooks: those who already own and love their Le Creuset dutch oven, and those who are pining for one. (Okay, that might be somewhat of an exaggeration) but we don’t know too many home cooks who don’t admire this iconic pot. While these French pots come with expensive price tags, they are truly built to last. The enameled finish resists staining and scratching, and the cast iron provides superior heat retention. It also has a lid knob that’s oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

These pots are available in several sizes, ranging from a small 1-quart up to a large 9-quart capacity. Le Creuset cookware is also known for the rainbow of shades they are available in, from classic white to their signature orange flame color, it’s easy to find a color that matches your loved one’s kitchen perfectly.

Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Behold, the perfect gadget for the cook who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen. Sous vide is a popular style of cooking in which food is placed in a sealed bag that’s submerged in a temperature-controlled water bath. Say hello to evenly cooked, ultra-tender food every single time.

The Anova can be used to sous vide with any pot that’s been filled with water. It also will heat up the water–no stovetop burner required–and keep it circulating to maintain accurate temperature during cooking. The cooker is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, and there’s even a special app to control the entire cooking process from a smartphone. With over 1000 sous vide recipes and cooking guides on the app, your gift recipient can get cooking no matter their previous sous vide skill level.

Williams Sonoma What's Gaby Cooking, Ultimate Seasoning Set

Seasoned cooks (pun intended) know the best food is flavored with a blend of herbs and spices. This seasoning set is the brain-child of Gaby Dalkin, the chef and personality behind the popular What’s Gaby Cooking food blog and social media accounts. The set includes five seasoning blends in 3-ounce jars and makes an excellent gift for cooks and hostesses. The seasoning blends are made in small batches to ensure the seasonings are fresh and deliver maximum flavor in your recipes.

The set includes a little something to enhance any dish, including a lemony blend that pairs well with seafood, a warming and mildly spice blend perfect for taco night, a sweet and spicy blend that makes an excellent steak rub, and more.

CapaBunga Multi-Pocket Canvas Market Tote

This market tote makes the perfect stylish gift for the friend who loves to spend weekends perusing farmer’s markets for gourmet goodies. You’d think any reusable tote would suffice to carry groceries home, but devoted market-goers will appreciate the classic design, sturdy fabric, and practical pockets designed to fit a carton of eggs, milk, or even a bottle of wine or craft-brewed kombucha. There’s also a strap on the outside of the bag to carry fresh flowers home without them getting smashed or leaking all over the bag. 

While we love the classic cream color, this tote is also available in a caper green shade that’s exclusive to Food52. It features an extra two pockets and a removable insulated pouch to keep perishable items chilled.

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